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[oil-skin] /ˈɔɪlˌskɪn/
a cotton fabric made waterproof by treatment with oil and used for rain gear and fishermen's clothing.
a piece of this.
Often, oilskins. a garment made of this, especially a long, full-cut raincoat or a loose-fitting suit of pants and jacket as worn by sailors for protection against rain.
Origin of oilskin
First recorded in 1805-15; oil + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was very tightly rolled in a covering of what appeared to be oilskin.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • A rough blouse and a fisherman's oilskin cap completed the disguise.

  • He removed his belt from his waist and buckled it outside his oilskin coat.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • "And I'll take this to square the count," said I, picking up the oilskin packet.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Sure, 'tis a pair of oilskin pants he manes," cried Jimmie.

  • Quick, lad, and bring the blanket out of the locker, and my oilskin.

    A Terrible Coward George Manville Fenn
  • Priscilla, who had no oilskin, got wet quicker but was no wetter in the end.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • And I suppose all the furniture will have to be covered in oilskin?

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • It was their host Falloner, who had just risen and was slipping on his oilskin coat.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • It was McPhulach, who, with an oilskin over his pyjamas, stood at the door.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for oilskin


  1. a cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof
  2. (as modifier): an oilskin hat
(often pl) a protective outer garment of this fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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